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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

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Ron Howard

Writers:

Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)
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Top Rated Movies #140 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... John Nash
Ed Harris ... Parcher
Jennifer Connelly ... Alicia Nash
Christopher Plummer ... Dr. Rosen
Paul Bettany ... Charles
Adam Goldberg ... Sol
Josh Lucas ... Hansen
Anthony Rapp ... Bender
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Ainsley
Judd Hirsch ... Helinger
Austin Pendleton ... Thomas King
Vivien Cardone ... Marcee
Jillie Simon ... Bar Co-Ed (as Jill M. Simon)
Victor Steinbach Victor Steinbach ... Professor Horner
Tanya Clarke ... Becky
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Storyline

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. Written by Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures

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It is only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, sexual content and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Beautiful Mind See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,501,096, 23 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,742,341

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,542,341
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Nash is shown smoking in the film. In reality, he was a militant anti-smoker. See more »

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The time frame during his "recovery" is still the mid to late 1950's, however when Alicia is in the kitchen storing leftovers after dinner, she is using a piece of "Tupperware" that wasn't available until 1972! The original bowls had flat covers but the Astro Bowl was a bit different. The cover had the look of an accordion and came in vivid colors which were not used in the 50's. See more »

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Helinger: Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes... and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians... like you. The stated goal of the Soviets is global Communism. In medicine or economics, in technology or space, battle lines are being drawn. To triumph, we need results. Publishable, applicable results. Now who among you will be the next Morse? The next Einstein? Who among you will be the vanguard of democracy, freedom, and discovery? Today, we bequeath America's future ...
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Written by Hildegard von Bingen (as Hildegard of Bingen)
Performed by Emma Kirkby and Gothic Voices
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John Nash, schizophrenic genius.
5 April 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

John Nash is something of a mathematical wizard. Constantly searching for something with which to make his name, he finds his calling by code breaking for the government. But with that comes a sense of paranoia and pretty soon John is sliding desperately into schizophrenia.

There is a school of thought that says any decent film about the mentally ill or afflicted is a sure fire way to attract the awards givers. Personally it bothers me that it bothers me that people view these films in this demeaning manner. If a story is worth telling then lets get it out there for all to see. Would the cinema world and all those stuffy film lovers really be happy if film makers didn't tell these remarkable stories? A Beautiful Mind is one such picture that divides opinions, although exemplary made and well put together, it doesn't adhere quite to the facts of Nash's life-it's an interpretation that smooths out the drama by way of delivering a safe and watchable biography. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning four for Best Film, Best Director {Ron Howard}, Best Supporting Actress {Jennifer Connelly} and Best Adapted Screenplay {Akiva Goldsman adapting from the book by Sylvia Nash}. Yet as great as that roll call is, the big surprise is the omission of a win for Russell Crowe in the Best Actor category. For as tidy and engrossing as the film is, and it is folks, it's because of the big Kiwi that the film breaks free of your standard emotional heart tugger. It's a superlative performance from Crowe and him not winning is probably more to do with his much publicised dust up at the BAFTAS a few weeks before the Oscar ceremony: than his undoubted acting ability.

The film as a whole should not be viewed as a representation of John Nash's life, many important things from Sylvia Nash's book have been omitted. But crucially it's important to note that in making this film, the makers have brought Nobel Prize winner Nash to the public's attention, whilst simultaneously giving awareness to the sadness of those suffering with schizophrenia. OK, so it's far from perfect in its portrayal of Nash the man, but ultimately the cinematic world is a far better place when the likes of A Beautiful Mind are being made and the film lovers are flocking to see it. And then some. 8/10


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